Thursday, March 09, 2006

Man Sets Dog On Fire For Barking

A 21 year-old resident of Nes Tziona, south of Tel Aviv, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of setting his neighbor's dog on fire because her barking disturbed him.

The dog was seriously injured and evacuated to the veterinary hospital in Beit Dagan for treatment.

The suspect, who confessed to the charges against him and expressed regret over the act, will be brought before a judge for extension of his remand Thursday.

The shocking incident took place Wednesday afternoon. The suspect told police he was sitting at his house studying for a university exam when the dog started barking relentlessly.

"It drove me crazy," the suspect said.

I have warned about this before. There is a small percentage of people who will go absolutely nuts if they hear a dog barking, to the point of getting violent and committing a crime to stop it. These folks will endanger your life and the life of your dog. As a matter of responsible dog ownership, you need to control your dog's barking, but with these folks, it really won't matter what you do so long as they think they might hear a peep out of your dog.

These folks need to be taken seriously, and prosecuted to the full extent of the law. I figure they aren't right in the head, and should be locked up in a mental institution. A barking dog, though a nuisance, doesn't deserve the death penalty.

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